Awards evening celebrates success


Students from across the school were invited to an Awards evening to celebrate their successes over the last academic year.

Scores of trophies were handed out to people who had impressed teachers with their achievements in studies and sport.

During the night there were speeches from school Principal Claire Meakin and motivational speaker Beresford Lee.

Singers and musicians from Pool Academy also entertained the audience with a variety of songs.

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Awards handed out to students throughout the evening were for subjects including Art, English, Science and Computer Science for each year group. There were also Outstanding Award winners, Principal Commendations, Student Leadership Awards, Head Boy and Head Girl Awards and Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl Awards.

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Miss Meakin said to students and their families on the night: “We are incredibly proud of every single person involved with Pool Academy. Every student brings their own unique brand of personality. The Awards night is a really special event. It is an opportunity to celebrate those students who have gone above and beyond, students who have excelled in certain areas.

“We are incredibly proud of them and I am very grateful to everyone who has come to help us celebrate them.”

During his speech Mr Lee said: “This is your chance and opportunity to learn and be great.”

He told the students they needed to be organised, have a plan and have a tidy desktop. He said students needed to practise at being great and to find someone to inspire them.

Last week of transition fun

The last week of this term’s transition sessions for primary school pupils ended with a range of creative activities.

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The week started with weaving in Pool Academy’s art room. The children were first given a tour of the classrooms before handed looms and materials to get creative. There was also a virtual reality session with Phil Jones who handed out special headsets for students to use.

On Tuesday pupils took part in a drama session with Mr Best, Head of Drama at Pool Academy. They were allowed to choose props and costumes from a box and create characters as part of an improvisation session.

Wednesday afternoon saw children come along to take part in a robot challenge.

On Thursday night Mr Buckingham, Science teacher, taught the group how to turn on and light a Bunsen burner. He also set out some other practical science tasks.

Miss Meakin, Pool Academy Principal, said: “It has been great to put on these transition sessions for the primary school children. We have had so many different, exciting activities for them to have a go at.

“I hope it has given them a little taster of what life could be like if they decide to come and learn at Pool Academy.”

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Anti-bullying Ambassadors are ready for action


Anti-bullying Ambassadors are ready for action after receiving their brand new ties.

A group of students from across the school have been selected to take part in the initiative. It’s hoped the new ties will help others to identify them easily.

The Ambassadors have placed an anti-bullying box in Student Reception. This is for anyone to put in an anonymous note if they feel they are being bullied or may have witnessed it.

Students have also organised themselves into year group teams to cover a drop-in. This will be a space for children at the school who can receive advice or pass on information to the Pastoral Team if needed.


Cooper, Year 9, is one of the Bully Ambassadors.

He said: “We were chosen for the role. I think having an Anti-Bullying Ambassador group is a good thing. We have been shown how to look out for things. We were all trained and we did some role playing during the training.

“It is a good thing for the school and we will do our best to help out.”

Claire Meakin, Pool Academy Principal, said: “After a rigorous selection process the ambassadors have now been trained to support all students across the academy.

“The ambassadors have lots of ideas about how to ensure all students feel happy and safe at Pool Academy. We are excited to harness their enthusiasm to make changes if they are needed.”

Students create a colourful design on a car bonnet

Two students from Pool Academy were given the chance to paint their design onto a car bonnet.

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Jemma Kearney and Ami Patrick were invited to Cornwall College to learn how to paint their own car bonnet after winning a design competition.

They spent the day at the college practising with the special paints before spraying hot air balloons onto the bonnet.

Jemma said: “It was really good. I have never done anything like it before.”

Ami said: “We were there from 9am until 2.30pm. I would love to do it again. It was great fun. We had to put on special masks on when we used the paint. It was quite funny.”

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Nicki Grenfell, from Pool Academy, said: “The finished car bonnet will be brought to school and hopefully displayed in reception.”

The competition was launched earlier this term. The girls were winners after entering the Automotive category. They were asked to make a design for a car bonnet using just two to four colours. 

The girls design was so intricate that the judges decided to pick the hot air balloons image out of it and use them on the bonnet.

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The college launched the competition to introduce some of the different subjects on offer at Cornwall College after GCSEs.

Students win free vegetables and plant kits for six months


Gardening students have won six months’ worth of free plants and seeds as they reach the next level in RHS awards.

The Nurture Group at Pool Academy is celebrating after achieving level three of the Royal Horticultural Society School Gardening Awards.

Group members were all given a certificate and the promise of boxes of plants and seeds for the next two seasons.

In September they will receive an autumn garden delivery with a variety of growing baby plants including spinach, turnips, broad beans seeds, cabbage and pak choi.

In January another delivery will be made, the fruit garden box, with a number of canes and young plants including blackberries, strawberry runners, rhubarb crowns and a gooseberry bush.

Katherine Francis, from Pool Academy said: “Reaching level three is a great achievement. I am so proud of the group. They have worked so hard.

“When our boxes arrive we will have a lot more to do. It will be great to have a bigger variety of things to grow.”

One of the students from the group said: “It is great to get a certificate. I like working outside. I like watering the plants and picking the things we have grown.”

The Nurture group is made up of students from Year 7 through to Year 10.

There are five levels to achieve in the Royal Horticultural Society schools gardening award. Each level comes with a different prize and a certificate.

Budding musicians’ new song filmed

Budding musicians from Pool Academy filmed their own song after winning a competition at Cornwall College.

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Four boys from Year 7 wrote their own piece with original lyrics and their winning prize was to go to a recording studio.

Last week they visited dBs Music at Cornwall College and spent three hours, with numerous takes, to perfect their recording. On Wednesday this week they returned to create their very own music video.

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Nicki Grenfell, from Pool Academy, said: “The boys played their own music and wrote the lyrics themselves.

“They had great fun and lots of laughs.”

The four students have called their band Aye.

Finnian, Year 7, said he and Bailey, Year 7, took three to four days to write and practise.

Finnian said: “I wrote the song about life and stuff. We have never recorded a song in a recording studio before. We have never recorded a music video before either.”

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Jacob said: “Walking into the studio was like walking into the future.

“We would like to say thank you to Cornwall College for helping us with the recording.”

They hope to visit the dBs Music centre again to continue their band practises.

Emily Cromey, Head of Music at Pool Academy, said she is really excited about this and looks forward to seeing what else the students create in Pool Academy's recording studio.

Earlier this term Rory Mason, from Cornwall College, came to Pool Academy to announce the names of the students who had been chosen as the winner or runners up in the competition. He presented them with a letter inviting them to Cornwall College to claim their prizes.

Students cool off in the hot weather with some Mocktail making

Pool Academy students were given the perfect opportunity to cool off with Mocktail making at Cornwall College.

The session was held for students who had won a food magazine front cover design competition run by the college.


Earlier this term Rory Mason, from Cornwall College, came to Pool Academy to announce the names of the students who had been chosen as the winner or runners up. He presented them with a letter inviting them to Cornwall College to claim their prizes.


Jemma Kearney was the first prize winner and was given a cookery book and an apron. She joined the others for the Mocktail making. They were given recipes and ingredients to make Fresh Peach Lemonade and Orange Juice and Grenadine Brunch Mocktails. They were then invited to create their own drink from ingredients provided.

Nicki Grenfell, from Pool Academy, took the students to the sessions. 

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She said: “We had a tour of the kitchens at Cornwall College. They had different kitchens for different things. They showed us how some of the equipment works and talked about the catering courses. We then went to make the Mocktails as the prize for the competition.”

Sophie, the Trevenson Restaurant Manager, said: “It was lovely to host a morning here at Trevenson Restaurant at Cornwall College showing your students around our training kitchens and finishing off with a Mocktail making sessions.”

Young surfer wins top medal

A young surfer from Pool Academy has won a medal after taking part in Cornwall Sports Games.

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Tom Catten, Year 8, took part in the event at Perranporth. He was body boarding against 15 other competitors on the day. He needed to be in the top two of each of the four quarter finals to reach the finals.

He said: “I came third in the finals. There were 16 who took part.

“There were not really any waves on the day so I had to kick a lot. When the waves came they had no power.  It was still a good competition though.”

Tom said he had a few more surfing competitions coming up including the European finals.  

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He was also recently selected as a member of the England Bodyboarding Under 16s team to represent the country at the ESF EURO Juniors in July.

A letter sent to Tom from Surfing England read: “The management team have been hugely impressed by your commitment to both training camps and competitions, UK and internationally. We feel that you have made noticeable improvements both in and out of the water and have gained vital knowledge from the trained professionals involved in the 2018 programme, and therefore helping improve you as an elite athlete.”

He won’t be stopping once the European Championships are over either as he has the Cornish Bodyboarding Finals to compete in on September 7 at Portreath.

Annual Women in Science day

Students have been invited to take part in the Annual Women in Science day hosted by the University of Exeter.

The event takes place on Tuesday, July 17, at the Penryn Campus from 9.45am until 2.30pm. Number of places are limited and so any students from Pool Academy who are interested should sign up straight away. It will be worked on a first come first served basis.

Jack Jones, science teacher at Pool Academy, said: “Alongside inspirational talks from renowned female academics, students will have the opportunity to undertake subject sessions, discuss university with current undergraduates and explore the campus.”
Students taking part in the event will be transported to and from the campus. They will need to bring a pack lunch with them and must wear school uniform.

Students awarded pizza for good

Students have been treated with a slice of pizza and a movie after impressing teachers with their achievements and contributions to school.

Year 7s have been joining in with sports, school and other activities to help promote Pool Academy in the community to gain their silver Citizenship Award.


To celebrating achieving silver more than 40 students were treated to a viewing of The Greatest Showman and given a drink and a slice of pizza.

Last month more than 180 students had achieved their bronze award. Students are now working towards achieving their gold award.

The awards have been created for students in years 7, 8 and 9. They are encouraged to work up from bronze, through silver and up to gold by completing a number of tasks such as representing the school, helping with open evenings or other school productions.

Nick Hamblin, from Pool Academy, is coordinating the awards. He said they help to celebrate students who make a contribution to school and community life.

The Citizenship Awards were launched by MP George Eustice earlier this year.

Students inspired at Truro


A group of students were left inspired after taking part in a Languages Taster Day in Truro.

The event was organised by the University of Oxford and Truro and Penwith College. Its aim was to explore the use of Modern Languages in research, interpretation, translation and marketing.

The students listened to a Doctor from Oxford University who gave a lecture on the many different benefits of languages.

At the end of the day the students were all handed a certificate for participating.

Sophie Stephens, Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Pool Academy, said: “We all had a really great day.

“There were lots of ex-language students talking about their experiences and speakers from Truro and Penwith College.

“The Doctor was really relatable and talked about Shakespeare and then Taylor Swift.

“It was a really positive day and it was nice to see our students treated like adults.

Evan Richards said: “It was really interesting and exciting to hear how languages are used in the real world.”

Beth Johns said: “It was nice to be part of something in a college and to meet new people.”

Another student added: “I liked the Doctor’s presentation. It was really good.”

Praise for school’s new art gallery

Pool Academy’s new art gallery has been praised and there is a waiting list for students hoping to get involved.

Claire Meakin, Principal, said students are enjoy taking part in the sessions and meeting the artists that visit the Pool School Gallery. More children now want to get involved.

Primary schools in the area have also been coming in to take part with workshops that have encouraged them to create clay sculptures and draw a variety of pictures.

Miss Meakin said it was great to have the facility to share with the whole community.

She said: “The introduction of the Art Gallery at Pool Academy has been brilliant and it has been amazing to see the students really enjoying their time in there.

“We have had students almost each week asking if they can join the gallery group and we now have a waiting list which is fantastic.  

“Students have really enjoyed exploring a range of materials and the freedom to be ultimately creative in their own environment.

“It has been lovely to see the impact the gallery has had on the students’ confidence and listening to their excitement of the activities they have participated in.

“This is truly a special gallery which the community will love.”

David Roberts – Science

David Roberts has been teaching for more than 20 years in Devon and Somerset. He is looking forward to starting his new position as Science teacher at Pool Academy.

He said: “I am very excited to be relocating to Cornwall with my wife and 10-year-old daughter this summer in preparation for starting my new job at Pool Academy in September.

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“I thoroughly enjoy encouraging students to be curious about the world around them.

“I am looking forward to meeting new students, parents and staff and building some great working relationships.”

Miss Meakin said: “We are very lucky to secure a teacher as experienced, well-regarded and inspiring as David.  I know the students and parents will benefit significantly from working with him.  David joins an already brilliant Science team with inspirational and successful teachers. I look forward to seeing how David’s appointment supports the team to be even better.”

Chloe Rowe – English teacher

Chloe Rowe will be starting at Pool Academy in September as an English teacher. She has been training at Pool Academy since January and loves the school.

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She has a background in Education and Performing Arts and worked as a performing arts teaching assistant at Penryn College for four years. She completed a degree in Special Educational Needs and graduated last year from Plymouth Marjon University. She has a keen interest in drama and education.

She said: “I am excited about teaching at Pool Academy in September.  I have absolutely loved training here and it is the best thing to be starting my teaching career in a school I really love.”

Chloe has always been involved with performing arts and went to Lynn Paula’s Dance Academy in Falmouth. She is looking forward to being the choreographer for the school’s next production at the end of the year.

She has spoken to a lot of students who are keen to get involved with dance in the future at Pool Academy.

She said: “I am really looking forward to working at the school and can’t wait to help plan the future.”

Miss Meakin, Pool Academy Principal, said: “Without doubt Chloe is a fantastic appointment to Pool Academy.  Chloe has completed her training year with us this year and students have already been wowed by her enthusiasm, dedication and highly-skilled teaching.  Chloe has already demonstrated brilliant teaching ability across a number of subjects, including English, Music, Drama and Dance.  I have every confidence that students will thrive in Chloe’s classes and I’m looking forward to our next school production already - I do hope you can join us to watch it too.”

TV cameras arrive at Pool Academy


Two TV news cameras and a radio station’s reporter arrived at Pool Academy to help boost interest around a new girls’ football centre.

BBC Spotlight, ITV and Heart FM arrived on Friday, July 6, to see primary children playing a tournament to celebrate the launch of Pool Academy and Plymouth Argyle Football Club’ partnership and Cornwall’s first New Girls Player Development Centre.

They filmed the children playing their matches and interviewed girls about football ahead of England’s recent World Cup match, which was held the next day.


News about the centre was broadcast on the Spotlight evening news on BBC and ITV’s local evening news showed the girls’ interviews.

Mark Fuller, from Pool Academy, organised the football event.

He said: “The launch tournament was great and everyone was smiling after having such a good day.

“Hopefully the publicity around the day can really excite young female footballers to take part and potentially join our girls Long term player development centre that is held here at Pool Academy on Fridays from 5pm until 6pm.”


Budding chef enjoys cooking challenge

A budding chef from Pool Academy has taken part in a regional cooking competition at Cornwall College.


Max Wilton, Year 10, was selected to take part in a heat of the South West Chef of the Year competition at Cornwall College last week.

He was given an hour and a half to cook his chosen dish of Prawn and Scallops with a pea puree and a Hog’s Pudding puree.

He managed to complete his menu within the time given and even had 10 minutes to spare.


Max said: “It was a good experience and I was given a certificate for taking part.

“I will definitely enter more cooking competitions when they crop up.”

He recently went to Baker Toms to carry out work experience in the company’s kitchens.

He said: “It was really good. I helped to make some pastries and some cakes as well. I also got to eat some too.

“I would go back and work there again, it was completely different to working in a kitchen like the one in Cornwall College.”

Max took part in the Cornwall finals of the Springboard’s FutureChef’s Chef of the Year 2018 competition in February this year and narrowly missed the top spot after coming second.

Pool Academy art students brighten up Heartlands gardens

A group of art students from Pool Academy were invited to brighten up Heartlands gardens with graffiti.


A graffiti artist, called Cosmic, worked with the 20 children from Year 9 last week to create a large art piece.

Students were asked to transform a board into an art piece to show the link and influence Cornwall had in South Africa during the mining era.
They designed the image by first thinking of significant objects that represented South Africa and Africa. This included the lion’s mane as well as barbecues called ‘Braai’, which are a social custom enjoyed in South Africa, and a beautiful sunrise across the Sahara.

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Half the image was also made up of all things that represent Cornwall. This included surfing, the Cornish pasty - which are eaten in certain places of South Africa- and Cornish pottery with its distinctive blue and white stripes.

The students worked in Heartlands’ gardens which have been designed to show where Cornish Miners travelled to all over the world to share mining experience.
Mrs Ellis, Head of Art, said: “It was a wonderful experience for the students to use spray paint and they really enjoyed using them, well done to everyone involved.”

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The art session at Heartlands was organised by Louise Poor at the Cornwall Arts and Crafts CIC to produce the graffiti board with established graffiti artist Cosmic. 

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Tom Ford – PE Teacher

Tom Ford will be joining Pool Academy in September as a PE teacher.

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He has recently completed his teacher training in both Penair Secondary School and Richard Lander School.

He said: “I have really enjoyed training and am looking forward to starting at Pool Academy in September.”

Claire Meakin, Pool Academy Principal, said: “Tom is a brilliant addition to the PE department. Students at Pool Academy already benefit from a huge range of sports and activities on offer, and Tom’s appointment will increase that even further.  

"Exciting times for the PE department.”

Alastair James – Head of Faculty for Maths, History, Geography in September

Alastair James is currently Pool Academy's Head of Mathematics, but from September he will take on the role of Head of Faculty for Mathematics, History and Geography.

Mr James has a love the universal language of maths.

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“I like its clarity, the logic and the fact that there is a right answer. Maths encourages us and gives us the skills to solve problems in the real world.”

He is looking forward to taking on his new role and leading the three subjects.

He said: “Becoming Head of Faculty will bring a huge opportunity for the three departments to work together and look at the courses we run and give consistency of style and leadership to our students. I want our students to enjoy their lessons, fulfil their potential and reflect on their time here in Pool Academy in a positive way.

“I will be able to see where maths plays a part in the other subjects such as having an historical look at maths, look at the geography of maths and then in return look at where maths plays a part in history and geography. This will allow the students to become aware of the links between their subjects.

“It is a huge opportunity to take a look at how we educate students across the school and subjects and gain consistency in leadership and direction.

“It is more than a little exciting and just a little bit daunting. This new role will help us to look at subjects with fresh eyes and work on ensuring that our students rise to every challenge for their future."

Miss Meakin, Pool Academy Principal, said: "Appointing Mr James to this post is hugely exciting for Pool Academy.  Since Mr James arrived, the students and staff have benefited very positively from his optimistic approach, determination for all students to succeed and his very skilful approach to teaching.  I have every confidence that under Mr James’ leadership, students will thrive across all three subjects.”

Air cadets visit Pool Academy with flight simulator

Two RAF Air Cadets visited Pool Academy with their flight simulator to inspire students into the cadets.

Officer Liz Barnes and Sargent Chloe Barnes spoke to students in the morning about Squadron 147 Camborne.

They then invited children to have a go in the simulator which was a life-size cockpit of a glider. The aim was for people to sit inside and use a computer screen to try and land the aircraft.